WEAVING WORLDS highlights the untold stories of the personalities and characters involved in the making and selling of Navajo rugs. The film presents a compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through the art of weaving in the face of increased globalization. Director BENNIE KLAIN has a keen and compassionate eye, and he allows viewers into the world of indigenous artists and their struggle to maintain pride and cultural vitality through creating their textiles and “reweaving the world.” The result is a poignant digital portrait of Navajo artisans and their unique—and often controversial—relationship with white Reservation traders.
WEAVING WORLDS is a co-production of TricksterFilms and the International Television Service (ITVS) in association with Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This documentary was made possible in part by grants from the Arizona Humanities Council and Humanities Texas, state partners of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding is provided by the University of Windsor, the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona, and Native Horizons Media Arts.